St. Vincent's Hospital, which is winding down its operations before it closes for good, delivered its last baby. Abigail Jancu was born at 4:58 a.m. yesterday morning, about 18 hours after parents Anastasia and Robert Juncu checked into the hospital. Their midwife called to let them know they would need to come on Wednesday at 9 a.m. to deliver the baby. Robert Jancu told City Room, "They said, if you come here early in the morning, we’ll get you in, but we’re closing down."
He also said the birthing center was deserted, "The sad thing is the nurses on the floor are all saying goodbye to each other. A lot of them have worked together for decades. Every time I go out of the room, I see people saying, ‘Goodbye, maybe I’ll see you, maybe I won’t.’ People don’t have jobs. There’s a glut in New York hospitals now with St. Vincent’s people streaming in." And the Post reports, "Someone later gave him two packs of diapers, saying it was better to give them away rather than have them taken by the bankruptcy court."
The comments section on City Room has people remembering their experience with the hospital—one reads, "Thank you St. Vincent’s for once helping save my daughter’s life. We will miss you."